Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Md Shafiqul Islam highly commended the security arrangements in the capital’s upmarket neighbourhood, Bashundhara Residential Area.
“Bashundhara is a reserved area. There is no problem here (performing religious programmes),” Shafiqul Islam said during a visit to a puja mandap (a temporary platform set up for religious ceremonies) in the posh area on Wednesday.
“Durga Puja has become a universal occasion. In last two days, I have visited nearly 15 mandaps and presence of huge crowd is the proof of participation of people beyond Hindu community,” the DMP commissioner said.
He urged the organisers to contact police dialing 999 in case of emergency.
Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam and Additional Inspector General of Police Kamrul Ahsan also visited the mandap.
Speaking on the occasion, Mayor Atiqul said the country is witnessing a communal harmony which is consistent with Bangabandhu’s philosophy of secular society.
The mayor said the city corporation has allocated Tk 80 million to develop a modern crematorium in the capital.
“The festivity of the Dura Puja amid the coronavirus pandemic proves that people love to enjoy festivity. We come here to share the joy of the festival,” he said.
Local Ward Commissioner Nazrul Islam Dhali, East West Media Group Ltd (EWMGL) Director Imdadul Haq Milan, Bangladesh Pratidin Editor Naem Nizam, Daily Sun Editor Enamul Hoque Chowdhury, Kaler Kantho acting Editor Shahed Mohammad Ali and Banglanews24.com Editor Jewel Mazhar were present on the occasion.
Bashundhara Sarbojonin Puja Committee President Sribas Roy welcomed the guests.